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Population
  2010 2011
Population 18,801,310 19,057,542
State Rank 4 4
Median Age 40.7 41.1
Total 8 year-olds 216,159 214,695
Boys 110,332 109,547
Girls 105,827 105,148
Total 9 year-olds 223,553 216,192
Boys 113,695 110,372
Girls 109,858 105,820
Total 10 year-olds 226,247 223,249
Boys 115,270 113,469
Girls 110,977 109,780
Total 11 year-olds 224,386 228,314
Boys 114,908 116,238
Girls 109,478 112,076
Total 12 year-olds 224,856 225,624
Boys 114,914 115,735
Girls 109,942 109,889
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 79.9% 79.7%
Car Pool 9.6% 9.9%
Public Transportation 2.0% 2.1%
Work at Home 4.6% 4.6%

Geography
Capital Tallahassee
Largest City Jacksonville
Second Largest City Miami
Persons Per Square Mile (State, 2010) 350.6

Business
  2000 2010
Dentist Offices 6,265 7,350
Amusement Parks 59 61
Fast-Food Restaurants 10,355 14,081
Toy Stores 579 523
Video/Disc Rental Stores 948 541
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 32 57
Candy & Nut Stores 168 191
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 561 690
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 9 33

Note: As is the case with all surveys, statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error.

A value of NA indicates that data are not available for the indicated time period. A value of X indicates that data are not applicable for the current region.

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History

  • Date of Statehood: March 3, 1845
  • Population 1850: 87,445
  • Population 1900: 528,542
  • Population 1950: 2,771,305
  • Population 2000: 15,982,378

I never knew that! *

  • Nickname: Sunshine State
  • Flower: Orange Blossom
  • Tree: Sabal Palm
  • Bird: Mockingbird
  • Animal: Florida Panther
  • Drink: Orange Juice
  • Reptile: American Alligator
  • Song: The Swanee River

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Who told you this stuff?

The U.S. Census Bureau takes a census of the population every 10 years, and censuses of economic activity and governments every five years. And every year, the Census Bureau conducts more than 100 other surveys. Data on this page come from the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey, and County Business Patterns.

How are these data collected?

The U.S. Census Bureau sends questionnaires in the mail or contacts businesses and households to participate in its surveys.

* State symbol information was obtained from various non-Census Bureau resources including state web sites, educational web sites, and commercial entities.